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During inclement weather, we use the Socrata open data tool to keep our master list of what's open, closed, or changed. This lets our departments, the press (including neighborhood blogs) easily embed a real-time updated list on their Websites.

from the Guardian

Open data is the raw material of 'new industrial revolution'

UK leads the way in open data, but the real benefit is in the application, says the Cabinet Office Open Data Team

We used our open data tool to create a form and collect damage reports from citizens following a snowstorm. We were able to pass the data along to the state of Washington in a format they could consume.

Towards a public digital infrastructure: why do governments have a responsibility to go open? | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Regional Animal Services of King County keeps their pet events calendar in an open data format, which not only shows on our Website but allows animal groups to incorporate our calendar into their Websites.

Election results are among the most sought-after datasets that County government can offer. Having a way to make them dynamic, visual, and shared across Websites, is a huge asset.

See how and where the UN is administering aid all across the world on the UN's transparency website,